It was around June last year when I decided to go to my first Pride. It was like a challenge for the social anxious me and I just wanted to do something new just like what my Psychiatrist recommended. Also, it had been long overdue since I’ve been wanting to go back in 2016.
So I began researching about going to Pride and that’s where I discovered Pridekada. Someone posted about a group chat in twitter and we could join if we were interested.
I just wanted to have a group at Pride so I wouldn’t be alone, I guess, and that I could familiarize myself with the people that would go there so I commented my twitter username and that’s where it all started.
I met these wonderful people I call my family now.
I consider myself so lucky I have met them. I love how woke we are about certain issues and that we really do care and love each other so much. We have issues too but I know, in previous cases, that we are going to be here for each other. It is when I realized we are not here only for the fun but also for the dark times.
I am happy too they have accepted me for who I am. I have never felt so accepted by new people. Even those fam members whom I haven’t talked much (or at all) but they are so welcoming when I finally meet them in person (shout out to Chog & Raffy during the year-end party at TxF, Wendy, Jay & Trina during Pride 2018, thanks for the warm hugs, also to Nyelo and KJ whom I finally talked to in person, I saw them last year but was too shy to talk to them).
This might sound so cliché but in some way, they have made me want to live, to not give up. They made me look forward to the days that we will meet again no matter how long the interval is. They made me feel loved, accepted, that I am important, that I got some people who want to be with me even when I’m like this.
Their warm hugs are the also the best.
So to my KK Fam, I want to give you my never-ending love and thanks. Thank you for the love and acceptance and for giving me more reasons to fight. We might not see each other or talk to each other always but just look at us, we are still here, rising up together even after a year has passed.
Here’s to more years of friendship and love.
How about you, what’s your “Finding friends and families at Pride” story?
To Martin, thank you so much for helping us before the parade and I also want to say thanks to your friend, he was so nice!
Again to Trina, I am sooo sorry for asking who you are even though I know it was you lmao I just want to be sure, thank you for the hug <3
And to Tatay Macky: Thank you for everything you have done for all of us, for bringing us together. We love you so much.